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Kedma Mishloach Manot sales increase amid pandemic

By Daryl Perry For Mitzpeh @starylize To celebrate Purim this year, Kedma, this university’s Orthodox Jewish group, sold mishloach manot (traditional gifts of food) to students. Parents also bought Purim-themed gift bags from Kedma for their children to add to this year's festivities. “A lot of our holidays, unfortunately, are ...

Community comes together to combat COVID-19

By Nira Dayanim For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh Over the past few weeks, a combination of cold weather and the return to campus after time away has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases among students at this university. The Jewish response? Fight it together. Last semester, Kedma, the Orthodox group on campus, created a WhatsApp group to keep ...

Orthodox community maintains campus eruv

By Paige Maizes @MaizesPaige For Mitzpeh  An eruv [air-oov, er-; Sephardic Hebrew e-roov; Ashkenazic Hebrew ey-roov] is an important aspect of Shabbat that the Orthodox community protects and preserves each week.  Co-head of maintaining the eruv at this university, Judah Lesser, a junior computer engineering major, explained how ...

Kedma welcomes new board for spring semester

By Max Boyarsky For Mitzpeh @BoyarskyMax   Although some clubs and organizations at this university are having a difficult time planning events this semester, others are trudging through the obstacles.  Kedma, this university’s Orthodox community, announced the winners of their board elections on Dec. 13. New members ele...

Kedma poker night raises money and fun

By James Hartner For Mitzpeh @jhartner_umd On Sat. Dec. 12, Kedma hosted a virtual Texas Hold'em poker tournament to help raise money for charity.  This tournament consisted of 14 participants, each with a $15 buy-in. With the stockpile of money, 50% of the money was distributed to the top three participants and 50% went to a charity ...

Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

  Sacks the Bridge Builder Dr. Scott Lasensky @scottlasensky As the Jewish world mourns the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former U.K. Chief Rabbi, my thoughts have lingered on his extraordinary legacy of bridge-building.  I cannot claim familiarity with his most cited teachings on Jewish texts, and I do not count ...

KOR brings Jewish students together against cruelty

By Ileana Lozano @IleanaIRL Arts Editor At KOR Craft Night on Nov. 4, students made dog chew toys for The Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal welfare organization and animal shelter.  A day after the U.S. election, students were relieved to spend some time away from the tense political climate and take advantage of the opportunity to ...

Kedma pulls off Orthodox in-person services during High Holidays

By Ben Baruch For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Although the coronavirus pandemic’s restrictions made celebrating the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur difficult, members of this university’s Orthodox Jewish community made sure that social distancing wouldn’t get in the way of a meaningful holiday. Sophomore chemistry major Scott Sandor is the ...

Kedma gets students moving through the fall semester

By: Angel Gingras  @GingrasAngel For Mitzpeh On Sep. 7, Kedma hosted a virtual Zumba event to bring the community together and support a local charity.  As the fall semester kicks off, classes are not the only thing to move online since the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations around campus are working to get staff and students ...

Hillel adjusts prayer service options amid university coronavirus regulations

By Char Freedberg News editor @CfreeOfficial With the coronavirus lingering and changing this university in many ways, this university’s Hillel still grapples with the question that students are asking themselves: how will Jewish prayer services be handled this year? The High Holidays are rapidly approaching, so this question seems ...